Category Archives: Tuition Fees

Why I’m (thankfully) not on strike

You may have noticed that staff at about 60 universities in the UK are on strike. I’m not. Why are they striking? And why aren’t I? Pensions There have been rumblings over the past year or so that one of … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of The University

The Professor paused to conjure up an obscure metaphor for the letter he was writing to the local paper about the proposed Gypsy Traveller camp on the (opposite, thankfully) edge of his Berkshire village. Leaning back, he laid his Mont … Continue reading

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Are Universities Guilty as Charged?

2017 was an annus horribilis for universities. They’ve come in for a lot of flak and this has the sector feeling under fire. I’m all for picking holes in the way that higher education works – it’s my job to … Continue reading

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Free Speech threatened in Higher Education?

Sensitive Snowflakes? There were strident calls from politicians towards the end of the 2017 for universities to maintain free speech, which of course implies that they haven’t been. The ‘problem’, so it goes, is that certain (political) perspectives are being … Continue reading

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Two-year degrees – a no-brainer?

Lazy academics… Yet another storm in the higher education teacup towards the end of the 2017 was the accusation that universities and academics were shying away from offering two-year undergrad degrees. Instead of laying on the traditional six semesters in … Continue reading

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Universities are the (spluttering) engines of social progress.

  Universities change the world, right? Well, sort of, but maybe not as much as they could or should…   Researching for the Greater Good Through their research, academics learn new things about the world, and this drives scientific and … Continue reading

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Is this the beginning of the end for tuition fees (as we know them)?

  The Higher Education Bill – currently passing through the hoops of parliamentary deliberation and approval – involves, for the first time, generating systematic data on graduates’ tax returns. The government sees this as leading one way, but I’m imagining … Continue reading

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A luke warm date with the White Paper – condensing 83 pages into 2

The much-anticipated Higher Education White Paper was released on Monday, sending the Twittersphere and other social media outlets into overload. It had been preceded by a Green (consultation) Paper in November last year, but the White Paper sets out what … Continue reading

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Are universities ‘dumbing down’?

One of the things that has happened over the past 15 years or so is that the number of people going to university has risen very quickly. This is not just in the UK, but worldwide. As I’ve written elsewhere, this … Continue reading

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Isn’t asking for alumni donations, well, just weird?

A few months ago I had a phone call from a young medical student at the Oxbridge college I was affiliated to when I did my Master’s degree. We started having a nice chat, she asked me what I was up … Continue reading

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